Man wins $3.2M for lost testicle

Published by The Boston Herald, October 24, 1997

A 26-year-old Franklin man has won a $3.2 million jury award in a medical malpractice case that charged a misdiagnosis cost him a testicle.

A Worcester Superior Court jury on Wednesday awarded Robert Rappa $2 million, plus interest, after finding that he was misdiagnosed when he went to the emergency room at Milford-Whitinsville Hospital in November 1991.

Rappa’s lawyer, Celine Boyle at the Boston law firm of Lubin & Meyer claimed [the doctor] failed to perform the proper tests. . .and sent him home with pain medication and antibiotics.

While a man can perform sexually with only one testicle, the condition may interfere with his ability to have children, Boyle said.

"It can affect your ability to procreate and it is disfiguring," she said. "It can also give you performance anxiety. "

She said Rappa is one of six siblings but is the only boy in the family and very much wants to have children of his own, particularly to carry on the family name.

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